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deprecation proposal: Pod::LaTeX (and Pod::Parser)

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Ricardo Signes
December 2, 2011 16:13
deprecation proposal: Pod::LaTeX (and Pod::Parser)
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We've discussed several times on this list the removal of Pod::Parser from the
core, as it's poorly understood and mostly abandoned for new Pod-handling code.

This summer, Marc Green did an admirable job of converting some of our core
Pod-handling code to use Pod::Simple, bringing us nearly to a state where we
can begin to seriously consider removing Pod::Parser.

These tasks remain:

  1. complete the conversion of Pod::Checker and podchecker code to Simple
  2. deal with Pod::Usage
  3. deal with Pod::LaTeX
  4. mark Pod::Parser deprecated
  5. remove Pod::Parser from the core

At present, it seems unlikely to me that we will have 1-3 complete in the next
few weeks to hit 4 by the contentious code freeze.  Is deprecating Pod::Parser
contentious?  I doubt it, but stranger things have been argued over.  At any
rate, even if this does not land for 5.16, I'd like to keep movement going on

(1) clearly has to finish.  The podchecker test is very important.

For (2), I think Pod::Usage should be entirely converted to Pod::Simple.  It
already uses Pod::Simple and Pod::Parser both, in strange ways.  If we're all
very lucky, maybe Marc will feel excited by the proespect of doing more of this

(3): I spoke with Tim Jenness, the current maintainer of Pod::LaTeX, and I
think the correct course of action is to deprecate Pod::LaTeX for removal along
with Pod::Parser.  It is not likely to see any compatible conversion to
Pod::Simple, and is not in my opinion a vital part of the core library.

Once those are done, we're safe to also deprecate Pod::Parser.


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